“In exchange, my husband was only able to get 100 military yen out of 500 Hong Kong dollars ... After my husband no longer wanted to exchange due to the low rate, the Japanese soldier chased after him and shot him in the back. My husband came home with a wound and died at the age of 43 since we were not able to find a doctor for him.”
-- Lu Peiying
Source: Shijitsubu 史実部 (History Department), “Showa 18 nen honkon gunsei no gaiyou (soan)”
昭和 18 香港軍政の概要 (素案) (A Summary of Hong Kong Military Rule of the Year 1943),
1943, Last Accessed via Japan Center for Historical Records December 4, 2016;
Taiwan soutoku-fu Gaiji-bu臺灣総督府外事部 (Department of Foreign Affairs, The Governor -General of Taiwan), “Nanshi nanyo jihou dai 30 gou”南支南洋時報第30號 (Latest Situation in South China and The South Seas, No. 30), 1943, Last Accessed via Japan Center for Historical Records December 4, 2016
."The white rice we had for meals previously became the stuff of dreams after the Japanese occupation, during which we only ate porridge with sweet potatoes," said Lam. “Rice was rationed, sometimes as little as 160 grams per person per day. My mother stopped me from going out because it was too dangerous outside," Lam said. "Cooking, eating, and sleeping comprised my daily existence. "
-- Lam Chun
source: 香港軍票與戰後補償, Hong Kong, 1995, 明報出版社, 30, 31.
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